BILL TRACKER

Each year, The Parents’ Campaign closely monitors and takes a position on several education bills. Below are the priority bills for the 2023 legislative session.

Bureaucratic Overreach

The Parents’ Campaign opposes legislation that would add bureaucratic burdens to public school educators and take time away from students in the classroom, including the following bills:

HB 278 – OPPOSE
HB 509 – OPPOSE
HB 1045 – OPPOSE
HB 1373 – OPPOSE
HB 1489 – OPPOSE

SB 2141 – OPPOSE
SB 2765 – OPPOSE
SB 2820 – OPPOSE
SB 2792 – OPPOSE

School Immunizations

The Parents’ Campaign opposes any legislation that would weaken Mississippi’s strong school immunization requirements and endanger students and teachers, including the following bills:

HB 1302 – OPPOSE
HB 1314 – OPPOSE
HB 1486 – OPPOSE
HB 1487 – OPPOSE
HB 1488 – OPPOSE

SB 2766 – OPPOSE
SB 2767 – OPPOSE
SB 2769 – OPPOSE

Active

House Bill 730 – amends Winter-Reed Teacher Loan Repayment Program, expands eligibility to alternate route teachers, adds graduate level loans to program, program entry no longer limited to first-year teachers.

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

House Bill 731 – provides $4,000 additional salary supplement to National Board Certified Teachers in geographically critical teacher shortage areas, deletes list of counties designated as critical shortage areas in statute to allow MDE to make those designations in the future.

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

House Bill 817 – increases per student funding for Early Learning Collaboratives to no less than $2,500 for full-day and $1,250 for half-day programs.

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

House Bill 1175 – increases funding percentage for preschool exceptional children in approved programs to 100%.

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

House Bill 1175 – increases funding percentage for preschool exceptional children in approved programs to 100%.

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

House Bill 1365 – prohibits school districts from paying assistant teachers less in local contribution funds than was paid in such funds in the immediately preceding year.

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

Senate Bill 2314 – increases per student funding for Early Learning Collaboratives to no less than $2,500 for full-day and $1,250 for half-day programs; sets goal of serving 25% of four-year-olds by the beginning of 2024-2025 school year.

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

Senate Bill 2319 – provides $2,000 annual salary supplement to licensed teachers in geographical critical teacher shortage areas.

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

Senate Bill 2367 – amends Educational Facilities Revolving Loan Program from loans to grants that do not have to be repaid. Any funds awarded as loans prior to July 1, 2023, immediately converted to grants; maximum grant of $2-million per school district per fiscal year; applicants demonstrating emergency or critical infrastructure needs to receive first priority.

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

Senate Bill 2585 – amends Winter-Reed Teacher Loan Repayment Program. Expands eligibility to alternate route teachers, adds graduate level loans to program, program entry no longer limited to first-year teachers.

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

Senate Bill 2811 – prohibits school districts from paying assistant teachers below statewide minimum salary; specifically prohibits salary reductions in the school year following a state-funded salary increase.

The Parents’ Campaign favors a yea vote on this bill.

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